Public Artist Tom Otterness to Appear at the Montclair Art Museum, 10/5

Program part of Montclair State University/MAM Art Talk Series (MSU/MAM Art Talks)

Montclair State University and the Montclair Art Museum (MAM) are pleased to welcome public artist Tom Otterness to MAM on Wednesday, October 5th at 7 p.m. Otterness will present a slide lecture and discuss his work and life as an artist.

Tom Otterness is considered one of the premier public artists working in the United States. A true storyteller, Otterness’ stylized bronze figures combine into sculptural ensembles that explore the range of human experience, from grand ambition to common foibles, plucking imagery and themes from popular culture and subtly transforming them into humorous commentary.

This year, Otterness has had two major exhibitions, Tom Otterness on Broadway in New York City and Tom Otterness in Indianapolis. In 2004, Otterness’ renowned Head was installed into the newly renovated Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) sculpture garden in New York City. Otterness created a multi-piece installation for the Beelden aan Zee Museum in Scheveningen, The Netherlands. The pieces installed in the sculpture park are some of his largest pieces to date -the tallest, Harringeter (Herring Eater), stands at 45 feet - a striking silhouette against the Dutch horizon.

Sculptures by Tom Otterness are in the collections of numerous museums including The Museum of Modern Art in New York, The Whitney Museum of American Art in New York and The Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, among others.

Admission is $10 Museum members, $15 non-members and free with MSU identification. Tickets can be purchased in advance at The Museum Store and by phone from the Store, (973) 746-5555, ext. 237.

The MSU/MAM Art Talk is collaboration between the Master of Fine Arts degree program of Montclair State University and the Montclair Art Museum.